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    We are getting a nice field bred golden, to replace one that passed last year. Pick of liter, about 8 wks old, we want aggressive, birdy dog for HT work. Should we take the "bully" of the liter, the biggest and the one that is always on top, or should we take the other big M. 5 M to choose from. All birdy and go wild over feathers. Bud
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    For what you want I would go with the "bully". Sounds like he would be hard charging. Just my opinion though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by akblackdawg View Post
    We are getting a nice field bred golden, to replace one that passed last year. Pick of liter, about 8 wks old, we want aggressive, birdy dog for HT work. Should we take the "bully" of the liter, the biggest and the one that is always on top, or should we take the other big M. 5 M to choose from. All birdy and go wild over feathers. Bud
    I would take the birdy, biddable one. One that will work with you.

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    Depends on personal preference and if you want a dog that will work with you or one you have to battle every step of the way. You can have a middle of the road type and still have a hard charging retriever, alpha does not indicate ability or talent.
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    For what it's worth:
    A current hard running and successful field golden was the alpha in his litter.

    The alpha in my recent litter was actually a female and from what I hear is doing rather well for her new owner.

    I did it with a lab and we were ok, but I'd think twice about doing it again. However, I personnally wouldnt hesitate to go alpha on a golden.

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    middle of the road pup for me.

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    Knowing your politics I say go for the alpha male.
    Just for the record I have very fine dogs. Some of the best in the whole country....or at least on my own block anyhow.

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    Personally I wouldn't want the bully of the bunch, but if thats what floats your boat then go for it. My advice would be not to look for size because they all grow up, but to just look at the rest for awhile and see if there is something you maybe haven't noticed yet . Size seems to stick out the most with most people. Either way the best of luck to ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akblackdawg View Post
    We are getting a nice field bred golden, to replace one that passed last year. Pick of liter, about 8 wks old, we want aggressive, birdy dog for HT work. Should we take the "bully" of the liter, the biggest and the one that is always on top, or should we take the other big M. 5 M to choose from. All birdy and go wild over feathers. Bud




    Easy buy all of them, purchase of puppy is the least expensive part for the next ten years. Give the losers to family or friends.

    Just trying to help regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akblackdawg View Post
    We are getting a nice field bred golden, to replace one that passed last year. Pick of liter, about 8 wks old, we want aggressive, birdy dog for HT work. Should we take the "bully" of the liter, the biggest and the one that is always on top, or should we take the other big M. 5 M to choose from. All birdy and go wild over feathers. Bud
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